William Tennent rallies past CR North
com Good lineups can win a ball game with the long ball and small ball. William Tennent needed a little bit of both to get by Council Rock North on Tuesday.
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“CR North is always such great competition, it’s always fun to play them,” Tennent coach Erika Schwanbeck said. “My girls have been playing well after a rough start. We have been riding the positive train for the last four games. My girls have a lot of heart. My pitcher threw well and we hit well, it’s great to see.”
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“I always tell them to play their game,” Schwanbeck said. “If they do the things they need to do like play small ball and get power hits and play defense, I have no reason to think we’d do anything but win. When they play their game, that’s what happens. They had their intensity up after they lost the lead and kept battling.”
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